Professor Gareth Jones received the 2021 DCU President’s Awards for Research in the Science, Engineering and Computing category. Professor Jones was one of six academics in DCU who were recognised for their research and impact at the annual event.
The Awards for Research are presented for outstanding achievement and research excellence over an extended period, while the Awards for Impact are presented in recognition of research work, often a single project, that has had a significant impact on society.
Professor Jones received his research award for his work on the project ‘Information retrieval from digital archives for a better informed society’. Gareth is a world-class researcher, internationally recognised for his sustained record of contributions in the computing discipline of information retrieval and related areas including multimedia technologies, natural language processing, human-computer interaction and location-based information.
Speaking at a virtual event to celebrate the awardees, DCU President Professor Daire Keogh, said: “The global challenge of COVID-19 and the rapid development of vaccines has underlined the vital importance of research and the impact it has on all our lives. In that context, these awards are a welcome opportunity to recognise the excellence of DCU’s researchers, and to celebrate the positive changes that DCU research is helping to bring about.”
Congratulating the award recipients, Professor Greg Hughes, Vice President for Research and Innovation at DCU, added: “This year’s awardees come from across the 5 Faculties reflecting both the breadth and depth of the research scholarship within our research community.”
Other recipients included Dr Lisa van der Werff, DCU Business School, Prof Federico Fabbrini, School of Law and Government and Director of the DCU Brexit Institute, Prof James O’Higgins Norman, National Anti Bullying Research and Resource Centre and UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace, Dr Carol Barron, School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health, and Dr Diarmuid Torney, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – School of Law and Government.